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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather Bruce Sutherland on March 21, 2013 at the age of 86 years.
Bruce leaves behind to celebrate his life, his loving wife, Shirley; sons, Ken (Louise), Scott (Joyce), Brian (Laurette), Craig (Teresa) and Doug (Rhonda); grandchildren, Nichole (Scott) Steinke, Erin, Grant, Carly, Jody, Jeffrey, Kendra, Angie (Matt), Scott and Mark and their mom Karen, Adam, Daniel, Justin and Brett as well as Steven, Stephen and Chris and great-grandchildren Madison and Katherine; two sisters, Rose and Myrt (Bill), his sisters-in-law, Olga, Helen and Mona and many nieces and nephews.
Bruce was predeceased by his father Thomas Herbert, and mother Ellen Elizabeth (nee Madigan), his sisters, Mary (Keith), Irene, Kae (Hal) and brothers, Lloyd, Ed (Doris), Ken, and Keith.
Bruce was born October 20, 1926 in Gravelburg, Saskatchewan and grew up in Assiniboia. Bruce realized a dream joining the RCMP. His career brought him to Alberta with numerous postings throughout the province. He retired a Staff Sergeant Major in Red Deer in 1972 after 26 years. Bruce and Shirley moved to St. Albert and he began what was to become a second career with the Ministry of Transportation that spanned 17 years before he fully retired. Bruce was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Albert Parish, the K Division RCMP Veterans Association and Special Olympics for many years.
Bruce also had a love for his family. He spent hours and hours on the phone talking to his sisters, Rose, Kae and Myrt, and brother Keith reporting on the activities of his family only to then phone his sons to report on the current standing of the Weisshaar crop, the Spelliscy family and Myrt and Bill in Salmon Arm and the rest of the family news. He loved the visits that he received from many of his nephews and nieces and he always looked forward to the many family reunions to sit and tell tales of life in Assiniboia, the RCMP and all of his brothers and sisters. He was definitely the keeper of the family history.
His strong faith in God and family took him through some hard times with Shirley being diagnosed with Alzheimer and having to be placed in a care facility at River Ridge where he later relocated to so he could be closer to Shirley.
Bruce's health deteriorated quickly in the later part of 2012, until his passing. He passed away after an amazing morning. The last gesture he made was the "OK" sign and a smile to the nurse after being asked how he felt. God and family were calling.
Prayers will be held at St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Albert Catholic Church, 7 St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at St. Albert Cemetery.
Bruce's family would like to extend out sincere thanks to Dr. Bell for his many years of friendship to Bruce and Shirley and the staff at River Ridge and the Citadel Care Centre for their kindness and friendship to Bruce while he lived there.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5H 4K1.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal on Mar. 23, 2013